Three HSBC executives have been named among the most influential women in financial services by American Banker magazine. The annual Most Powerful Women in Banking awards, now in their 15th year, were celebrated at a gala dinner in New York on 5 October.
The HSBC women recognised this year are:
- Diane S Reyes
- Katia Bouazza
- Cate Luzio
Mentoring future leaders
Among HSBC’s guests at the dinner were 10 young women taking part in a mentoring programme with the bank.
The teenagers have each been paired with a female employee from HSBC. Over the course of the 2017–18 academic year, they will have regular mentoring sessions focusing on topics such as financial literacy, university applications, building their CV and interpersonal skills. To establish rapport, the first meeting between the teenagers and their mentors included a visit to a designer store to pick out an outfit to wear to the awards.
The project is part of a long-term partnership between the bank and Girls Inc., a not-for-profit organisation that develops programmes to encourage girls (including many from low-income communities) to achieve their potential. HSBC mentors aim to foster close personal bonds with the girls and to give them an insight into life as a banker.
The teenagers were chosen from participating New York high schools based on their aptitude and an expressed interest in financial services. Their mentors are all members of Balance, a volunteer group dedicated to supporting a gender-balanced workforce at HSBC.